CrossFit is FUN

“CrossFit is the most fun I’ve had while dying.” — Rachel Johnson

Tim’s Deep Squats (Thoughts)

CrossFit is fun. And it doesn’t have to be fun to be fun. Think of any of our benchmark workouts with names. Murph, Kelly, Helen, Hyperfit20, Painstorm, etc. This is known as Type 2 Fun. The following from MasterClass explains the different types of fun. As a dad, I can’t help but think the author forgot about Planned Fun, like the kind we have to schedule on the vacation itinerary.

“Type 1 fun applies to activities that you generally enjoy in the moment, such as eating a delicious meal, going for a pleasant hike, and swimming in the ocean. Type 2 fun pursuits (like rock climbing or taking a CrossFit class) are challenging and may not be pleasant at the time, but they become gratifying when you look back on them. Extra-challenging Type 3 fun endeavors—typically marked by extreme weather, injuries, and accidents—are pleasant neither during the event nor after the fact, but they can become a good story for some.”

“Type 2 fun occurs when a task is difficult at the time, but feels rewarding afterward, often because it challenges the practitioner to test their limits and grow. Examples of Type 2 fun include survival camping, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking. Type 2 fun doesn’t need to take place in the wilderness, though.”

“Type 2 fun may not mean a good time in the moment, but for many, the sense of satisfaction that comes later is worth it. Benefits of experiencing Type 2 fun:

  1. Increased self-esteem and pride. Pushing yourself through difficult terrain—both physically and metaphorically—allows you to prove to yourself that you’re stronger and more capable than you think. This leads to increased confidence, as well as a lasting sense of accomplishment.

  2. Memories. The challenging nature of Type 2 fun can make it more memorable than Type 1 fun. You’ll remember the sense of pride and may develop deep bonds with people who shared the experience. Plus, the experience often makes for a great story. (Refer back to those epic CrossFit workouts.)

  3. When you push yourself beyond your preconceived limits, the opportunity to audit your strengths and weaknesses prompts you to learn more about yourself. Additionally, embracing the difficult parts of a journey is a lesson that you can apply to other areas of life, broadening your perspective. Difficult undertakings may seem more doable in the future, once you’ve faced tough obstacles.

  4. Type 2 fun is difficult and almost always involves getting out of your comfort zone. You may get frustrated and want to give up in the middle of such arduous efforts, but persevering proves your tenacity. Imagine backpacking the Appalachian Trail: Looking back, you’ll remember the moments when completing the task felt impossible, as well as the fulfillment of pushing through those moments. The experience can then build your desire for new adventures.”

Kind of a Big Deal

Turkey Ruck

Arastradero Preserve

Friday, November 24, 2023


Contact: Coaches Ali and Andrew for questions

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What’s Going On?

Annual Thanksgiving Week Closure

No formal classes during the week of Thanksgiving.

CFPA Annual Holiday Party and White Elephant Exchange

Saturday, December 9th, 5-8pm

Location: CFPA

Overheard in the Gym:

“Do I look like a seamstress?!”


Holidays are often about being grateful and giving thanks. Let’s give thanks for the hard times that make us who we are and commit to new and creative ways of seeking discomfort.

The Comfort Crisis by: Michael Easter

“In many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But could our sheltered, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many our most urgent physical and mental health issues? Journalist Michael Easter seeks out off-the-grid visionaries, disruptive genius researchers, and mind-body conditioning trailblazers who are unlocking the life-enhancing secrets of a counterintuitive solution: discomfort.”

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